Eat More Of What You Want: The Benefits Of Flexible Dieting
Originally published on Shaliza Somani’s website.
The perception that dieting means, in its simplest form, “eating good food and cutting out all bad food” seems to be more detrimental than it is beneficial. Some people would rather maintain their unhealthy lifestyle than give up all of the food they love and crave. Similarly, sometimes the stress of only “eating clean” becomes too much of a sacrifice for people that they give up their weight loss efforts under stress and guilt and, as a result, return to a lifestyle of bad habits.
More people would be willing to work towards their weight loss goals if it meant that they didn’t have to renounce all the food they enjoy. With flexible dieting, people can now eat more of what they want while still being able to lose weight. This form of dieting is becoming more popular because the focus isn’t on complete sacrifice but, instead, on moderation.
What is flexible dieting?
If you’ve never heard of flexible dieting before, you may have heard of it referred to as If It Fits Your Macros (or IIFYM). Why? Because the focus of this diet is to count your macronutrients, which are the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats you consume.
Instead of counting calories like you may be used to, you track your macros, which ensures a more well-balanced diet. The belief is that there is no such thing as good or bad food, just macro ratios.
What are the benefits of flexible dieting?
There are a few reasons why this diet is becoming a favorite amongst people who have tried other diets with no success:
It’s more flexible.
Just like its name implies, flexible dieting allows you to have more flexibility in the foods you consume. There are no strict rules of “you can’t eat this” or “you can’t eat that” because you are in control of what you are taking in. Your responsibility is to make sure that the food you are eating isn’t exceeding the allotted number of macros you can consume in one day.
One major benefit of this is less food anxiety and food guilt. If you can eat more of the foods you love in moderation, you are likely to be more successful.
It’s easier to maintain.
When food is portrayed as the enemy, it’s easy to develop an unhealthy view of eating, which makes it more likely that you won’t be able to stick to your weight loss plan. But being able to eat more of what you like will help you sustain this new lifestyle so that it lasts.
If you are thinking of changing your current eating habits or have tried other diets to no success in the past, consider this option!